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New initiative to give free training in food and healthcare areas

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 15/01/2013 | 10:51

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FREE TRAINING and work experience for Balbriggan jobseekers in the healthcare and food industries is being offered to those who have been out of work for over 12 months.

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The ' Journey to Employment' initiative, which seeks to retrain more than 700 jobseekers in the healthcare and food industries, was officially launched by CPL Learning and Development, part of the CPL recruitment group, this week. The national training programme, which will include training and support in the areas of food production and handling in Balbriggan, is part of the ' Momentum Project', which was launched by the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, last month and aims to provide job seekers with new skills in growing industries in Ireland.

Applicants can retain social welfare entitlements during training period According to director of CPL Learning and Development Siobhán Kinsella the positions are borne out of a demand from Irish employers for skilled workers in these sectors. ' These free courses, which are available to anyone who has been in receipt of the job seekers allowance for over a year, aim to retrain Irish workers in fields where there are real job opportunities. 'At CPL, we work with thousands of employers across various industries on a daily basis and there is a real demand for workers in both the healthcare and food production sectors.

The value of prepared food exports grew by 12% in 2011 to a value of €1.54bn. It is further estimated by Bord Bia that the value of Irish food and drink exports also increased by 12% to reach €8.84bn, showing the real long-term opportunities in this sector.' In order to register for the courses, Siobhán has the following advice: 'We are looking for candidates who have a real motivation to retrain and learn new skills. The courses will run for a period of six months, including a valuable three-month work experience placement in a related company, during which time participants can retain their social welfare payment.' ' There is great experience and real career opportunities on offer to those looking to secure employment and come off the live register, and as such, course places are limited. We would advise interested jobseekers to register their interest as soon as possible at www.cpl.ie, where full details of the various courses and their locations are available.'

For registration closing dates, briefing and training locations, please visit www.cpl.ie or call 0818 333727.

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